From the center of Newberg, take Hwy 219 (Hillsboro Hwy) north to North Valley Road (45.331936, -122.969421). Turn left (west) and follow North Valley Road. Chehalem Creek runs through this valley and provides many seasonal wetlands. Unfortunately, North Valley Road has fast traffic. However, there are several places where one can pull off the road to view these areas. North Valley Road changes to Springhill Road where Laughlin and Albertson Roads meet and continues into Washington County, 11 miles in all.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Above the south end of the pools there is a Bald Eagle nest. Kingfishers are regular, as well as swallows.Many species of waterfowl can be found in the winter. Rarities include Pacific Loon and Tufted Duck. Hooded Merganser, Ring-necked Duck, American Wigeon, plus Pied-billed Grebe are regular. American Bittern and and Sora are possible. Listen for Yellow-breasted Chat and Ruffed Grouse in the riparian thickets. Anna’s Hummingbird, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee have been recorded here. Seven species of warbler and Western Tanager can be found in the woodlots of this area. Pine Siskins and Lesser Goldfinch are here, too.